Evangeline Ellis, a junior at George Mason High School in Falls Church has won the Virginia State Bar’s 2017 Law in Society Contest. Ellis, the daughter of Josh and Holly Ellis, is the second of five siblings. Ellis was referred to the contest by her International Relations teacher.
Other winners of the essay contest, which examined the legal issues surrounding transgender rights in schools, and in particular the Virginia case G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, include McKenzie Templeton of Gate City High School for 2nd place; Kevin Wang of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for third prize; and Evan Fitchett and Parth Kotak of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Victoria Slaski of South Lakes High School, Aven Kelley of Lake Braddock Secondary School, and Kelly Hazzard of Trinity School at Meadow View for Honorable Mention.
This year’s contest drew approximately 120 entries from around the state. The winners shared almost $7,000 in prize money, sponsored by the VSB Litigation Section. Ellis says her interest in the law was sparked by her father, who is a lawyer, as well as by the AP Government class she took last year. Ellis hopes to attend William & Mary College in the future, where her older brother is currently a student.
In addition to classes in International Relations and IB History of the Americas, Ellis enjoys cheerleading for the George Mason Mustangs, playing the piano and the guitar, and writing poetry.
Ellis and her family have been invited to receive her award during the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on June 16th, during the Litigation Section’s CLE seminar on expert witnesses.
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